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Tri Cities is Banking on the Census

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Richland, WA- City halls throughout the Mid Columbia are counting on you to be counted in the census.

Mayors and city council members in the Tri-Cities are banking on the national headcount to bring in more federal money in the next decade.

The census will show the federal government how much the Mid Columbia has grown. Kennewick Mayor Steve Young says it will also show those businesses and retailers who've looked us over in the past. 

"You've heard it said many times in the past. Some stores refuse to come to the area because of the population," Young says. "Now's the time we can get that information out to the businesses and show them that there is a much larger population than they ever thought it was."

 Richland Mayor Pro Tem Ed Revell says the last census could have missed as much as ten percent of the population in the Mid Columbia.

The mayors hope a better count this time around will translate into bigger federal checks for transportation projects, education, senor programs, and affordable housing.